My friend. I wholeheartedly agree with you. We should live in peace together. But there has to be mutual compasion and tollerance.
The way that Israel is treating the people of Gaza is barbaric and against all human values.
Peace is not achieved by oppresion but by mutual respect and compasion.
Hello Faisal, I'm not far from you, I live in North Jerusalem. I'm really moved by your story and share your beliefs. I tell my Muslim friends that we have so much in common and that we should focus on our similarities and not on our differences... Thank you so much for sharing your story, I hope for peace very soon... Inshallah...
Thank you for your invitation to be your friend and for sharing your story with me. I am always amazed at our human capacity to change, often learning through adversity. I cannot imagine what your time in prison was like as such a young person, still a child. You know better than I the meaning of freedom. I share your wish for peace through tolerant and respectful (and maybe even friendly!) understanding.
תודה שסיפרת את הסיפור שלך. זה מאוד ריגש אותי.
זה מראה איך פוליטיקה יכולה ליצור סכסוך מלאכותי.
אני בטוח שיש עדיין הרבה ילדים שנופלים קרבן לתעמולה ונכנסים במעגל האלימות.
לכן חשוב להכיר ולהיפגש כדי להבין שיש אנשים טובים ורעים בשני הצדדים.
אני מסכים אתך. שיש לנו אותו אלוהים אחד ושהאדמה שייכת לכולם.
אני מקווה שיהיה פתרון פוליטי שישנה את האווירה ושיפסיקו ליצור שנאה בשני הצדדים.
אתקשר אליך בערב,
Hello Fesail -
Thank you for the invitation to connect as "friends". As achild that went through WW2 I relate very well to your desire for Peace. I am the founder of Creating A Better World (CABW), as well as the Executive Directore for International Ambassador Program, and initiative for Humanity Healing Organization. United we will have Peace.
hello fesalk. thanks for writing me ... I read your story and really admire your sincerity ... how do you personally have experienced this and have had the strength and courage to go out with my head high and tell your story to the world .... You're right we have the same God and everything belongs to him .. He created us and without him we can not do anything ... and love our neighbor as ourselves is one of his commandments ... Shalom!
Thank you for sharing your life story. Sad that as children we dont even know what we are fighting about and we grow up and still dont know what we are fighting about.
On the one side it's a shame about 12 Years in prison but on the other hand it helped you transform into a person who really deeply understands things. Sometimes through suffering and humility one achieves true greatness. And you can spread that wisdom that you gained in Life. I happy to be your friend.
Dear Faisal, I am so glad to hear the story of your attitude transformation, and willingness to accept the other, and try to understand their fears and needs. I was in the land of Israel and Palestine in 2000, and 2009, and I am convinced that your generation will finally decide to make a solid agreement to live together with your Jewish brothers. I lived for 5 years in Iraq, facing different conflicts, then I experienced the war in my Country Bosnia, being under Siege in Sarajevo for 4 yers. But I did not lose the trust, and I realized that conflict is always between god and evil, not between nations or religions. So building relationships, and making friends, should bring peace to your region. You must find the mechanisms and tools to discourage people who are deeply rooted in hatred and who deny the right for existence of the other, and the new era will begin. I am from a mixed family, living in a mixed marriage, and I am a secular Christian, with some of the Jewish touch, through my great grandmother, my wife is a secular Moslem, and in addition to that, my best friend is a Palestinian guy, whom I met in Iraq. I helped him and his family of 18 to escape the carnage there, settle in Sarajevo for 10 years, and now they live in Sweden, and Canada. He used to have a similar attitude about Jews, in his early years, like you had, but I was frank with him about my background, and he realized that it would be insane to kill me, as a best friend, just because he was told so by some manipulators.
The peace is possible and you, and my friend can create it, specially by bringing up your children in different manner. Good Luck
In getting to know the "other", we find that the "other" is really our beloved brother or sister. Thank you for your honesty. Knowing that education can change people's perspectives inspires those of us that are members of ME organizations to include the educational component of personal stories as well as discussions that are issue related. Transformation comes with enlightenment....and your suffering gave birth to a story that will change hearts forever. May we share it with our ME groups Faisal?
To EnLIGHTen our hearts, I found this Interfaith YouTube, as a gift you will enjoy with the Interfaith Amigos: a Rabbi, a Minister and a Sheikh! In our serious world, it is healthy to laugh at the absurdity of life sometimes. Pass it forward....
*Click and ENJOY!
(There are many more.)
VERY FUNNY and Poignant!
It sounds like you have found the balance of peace by experiencing the meaning of suffering. Life is so much better when we embrace all the people of the world as our own. May Peace be with you my new friend!
Congratulations on your individual struggle reaching where it has. Over here, I will be working on changing our conservative elites attachment to the position of whatever the Israeli government's position happens to be at the time. This is changing already at the bureaucratic level. My observation is that the Palestinian position could try other non-violent tactics, such as the equivalent of Gandhi's Salt March, to make its' position more just. Adopting a one-state solution will also make Israelis want a 2 state solution more quickly. My best wishes to you.
פיסל יקר,תודה על מכתבך.ועל ששתפת אותי ובסבל הרב שעברת. והטוב שאתה מצליח לעשות גם מהשנים הקשות, שעברו עליך.מי ייתן שיהיה לך טוב ואושר, והמשפחה והקהילה שלך ייהנו שנים ארוכות מהטוב לב שהצחת ליצור מהסבל האישי.היום ביליתי בחברת הנזירים שציינתי שמבקרים כאן, כרגע, מפלאם-וילאג' ונהנייתי מהשלווה הפנימית שלהם, ומהגישה שלהם שממש לא מבדילים בין אדם לאדם, בין דת לדת, בין לאום ללאום. מקבלים כל אדם באהבה מלאה, ורק מחפשים לשרת ולעזור להתמיר את הסבל, להשתחרר מהפחד, ולהיות עם תקווה. מאחל לך כל טוב. אגב, אני לא כל כך טוב בכתיבה, וכעת יאהיה בסדנה ולא פותח מחשב. גם בימים רגילים, לא כל יום אני פותח מחשב. אבל מודה לך שנכנסת לעולמי ולליבי ועוד נזכה להכיר טוב יותר.ברכות ! ברוך